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Updated: The top 25 Minnesota Vikings free agent targets

The Minnesota Vikings’ biggest need at tackle is filled. Now what?

Minnesota signed tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers to long-term contracts, but there are other spots that require attention and the Vikings still have enough money to sign some of the better players remaining on the market. Here are 25 players they should be intrigued by:

1 – Detroit Lions – WR – Anquon Boldin

He doesn’t have much for wheels, but Boldin could help the Vikings in the red zone using his size and skill – as he did in Detroit’s victory over Minnesota at US Bank Stadium last year.

2 – Baltimore Ravens – WR- Kamar Aiken

Had a down year after grabbing 75 passes in 2015. Might be a quality option for a reduced price.

3- New England Patriots – WR – Michael Floyd

Getting released from the Arizona Cardinals after a DWI and being inactive in the Super Bowl with the Patriots are both black marks on his resume, but Floyd is a strong deep threat and a Minnesota native.

4 – Buffalo Bills – CB – Nickell Robey-Coleman

A solid man-to-man nickel corner, Robey-Coleman was let go by the Bills because he doesn’t fit in their zone defense scheme. He ranked 33rd by Pro Football Focus rankings last year.

5 – New York Giants – CB – Leon Hall

At 33, Hall can still play. He was a fill-in corner for the Giants in 2016, but performed well in the nearly 500 snaps he received. Hall is a favorite of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

 

6 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Jerraud Powers

An experienced nickel corner who is solid in coverage. Could step into Munnerlyn’s role.

7 – San Diego Chargers – CB – Brandon Flowers

After receiving a huge deal in San Diego, Flowers’ stock might be pretty low. That might allow to Vikings to sign a good player (especially in run stopping) for a fair price.

8 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Ladarius Webb

Versatile defensive back who ranked 15th among safeties by Pro Football Focus. Might be too expensive for the Vikings.

9 – Tennessee Titans – S – Daimion Stafford

The Vikings could use some depth at safety. Stafford played fairly well as a fill-in for the Titans.

10 – Buffalo Bills – S – Aaron Williams

Williams has been injured a lot in his career, but when healthy, he’s a smart player with good cover skills.

11 – Oakland Raiders – TE – Mychal Rivera

It’s clear the Vikings are looking for a pass-catching tight end. Rivera is one of the only a few left on the market.

12 – New York Jets – C – Nick Mangold

The Vikings have solved their tackle issues, but there are still options for how to handle the interior. One would be moving Joe Berger to guard and signing a center like Mangold.

13 – Atlanta Falcons – TE – Jacob Tamme

A quality pass-catching tight end, who spent most of his career playing with Peyton Manning. Before getting hurt, he was a good target for Matt Ryan last year.

14 – Indianapolis Colts – CB – Darius Butler

A veteran corner who can play nickel or even safety proficiently. At 31, he might not be as good as in Indy’s Super Bowl days, but he is still reliable.

15 – San Diego Chargers – WR – Steve Johnson

Has been dinged up with the Chargers for the last two years, so he would have to come on a low-risk deal, but Johnson has been a quality receiver before in Buffalo and San Francisco.

16 – New Orleans Saints – G – Jahri Evans 

Stayed with the Saints for just $1 million last season. Evans might be a cheap one-year filler or just-in-case if the Vikings plan to draft a starting guard.

17 – New York Giants – G – John Jerry

An experienced starter who has been very durable over his seven-year career. May be willing to battle for a spot if he doesn’t get many offers.

18 – New Orleans Saints – S Jairus Byrd

Byrd’s time in New Orleans didn’t turn out as they hoped, but he’s a ball hawk who could play in fill-in duty.

19 – New Orleans Saints – CB – Sterling Moore

Another nickel corner who excels in coverage.

20 – Detroit Lions – LB – DeAndre Levy 

If the Vikings are looking for a third linebacker who is decent in coverage, Levy could be an option.

21 – Cleveland Browns – RT – Austin Pasztor 

Ranked 33rd in PFF’s ratings, though he’s a mostly unknown player and has spent the majority of his career as a backup. The Vikings really struggled with a lack of depth last year. Pasztor might be the solution if nobody else wants to make him a starter.

22 – Buffalo Bills – CB/S – Corey Graham

Played safety for the last two years in Buffalo fairly competently, but is more of a natural safety. Could be a veteran filler until Mackensie Alexander is ready.

23 – Tennessee Titans – LB – Sean Spence 

With Chad Greenway retired, the Vikings are on the market for a linebacker. Spence isn’t a great run stopper like Greenway was, instead he excels in coverage.

24 – Arizona Cardinals – LB – Sio Moore

Conversely, Moore is a run-stuffer.

25 – Tramon Williams – CB – Cleveland Browns

A versatile veteran, Williams could add quality depth to the secondary.

  • Mark17

    We sign a LT and a RG and Cordarrelle Patterson and AP. Then We draft Christian McCaffrey and some additional help on the Oline in the mid rounds and punch our ticket to Super Bowl 52 right here at home and WIN IT!!!!!

    • linus

      No to AD, and while I’d love to see Patterson come back, I think his price tag will be too high.

    • Talltales08

      I agree minus AP. Barring a trade up into the 1st round McCaffrey will be long gone by our current pick in the 2nd round. I’d also like to see us add a center.

      • Jordan Musser

        It’s simple… Sign Whitworth or Okung, Reiff and Warmack. Retain CP84 and CB Nickell Robey if the price is right we cannot over pay for DB position as we are fairly deep. Sign either Britt or Jeffries to allow Diggs to go back inside to slot. Draft OL, LB, Joe Mixon and another QB to compete in 2018 for starting job with Heineke.

        • Jordan Musser

          Well scratch Whitworth and Britt off the list

    • GordonGekko

      “WE” Are you Spielman?

      • Mark17

        Get real

        • GordonGekko

          Yes, I agree you need to get REAL and be yourself and not someone else.

  • G Rock

    where’s Alshon Jeffery?

  • Marc Spector

    Kalil is going to sign with Carolina… Our options are running out

    • GordonGekko

      Kalil stinks. He was a bad option.

  • Topgunn

    Yeah, I think Mark17 is the only guy who wants AP back, but I share his love for McCaffrey. Our chances of getting him are slim and Mixon is a bigger version. We MUST have either Whitworth or Okumg at LT. There is no other scenario going forward. If our LT is a turnstile like last year, it won’t matter how much help we give him or how good the rest of the O-Line is.

  • GordonGekko

    Not an inspiring list of FAs amount these 25.

  • norseman79

    Sign Reiff, Joeckel, and Leon Hall.

  • Joe Christman

    Austin Pasztor would be a great, less expensive option. Solid ranked tackle that was improving as the year went on.

  • Whizzinator+

    I’d like to thing that a supposed OL Maven like Sparano could make something out of Chance Warmack, who at least had a fantastic skill set and college career.

  • Talltales08

    UPDATE: Whitworth has signed with the Los Angeles Rams: What the hell are they doing at Winter Park?!!!! This looks like yet another free agent season failure and lets not forget last years draft wasn’t anything to write home about.

  • Talltales08

    UPDATE: Kalil is expected to sign with the Carolina Panthers At least we won’t have to watch another season of DE flying past him.

    • Ellison

      Amen.

  • Scott Myhre

    The way Spielman is working, we are going to have Clemmings at left tackle for another year!
    Boy am I excited. (sarcasm)…..

  • David Markun

    spielman is just a loser. plain and simple. Vikes will be lucky to win 8 games next yr.

  • Talltales08

    UPDATE: Reiff has reportedly signed with the Vikings. Finally something we can pin our hopes on.

  • Keith Larson

    Remmers and Pasztor are both former Vikings that I’d rather not bring back.

  • Peter H.

    Update to your update: #17 – NYG John Jerry (G) was re-signed by the Giants and is off the board.
    What about Ravens CB Lardarius Webb? He’s not on this list, but the Vikes have expressed an “interest.”
    Is it too early (or inconsequential) to talk about Special Teams? Now need a kicker (assuming Forbath isn’t coming back), a Punter, and a return man. Who are the better-than-average options out there?

  • linus

    Robey-Coleman might be a solid nickel-corner in coverage, but at 165 lbs, I can’t imagine he’s much of a tackler.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Nice list Matthew Coller ~ Lots to look over and think about ~ It would be great to see how Spielman and Zimmer would view this list ~ But thats never going to happen ~ LOL





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